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E-Filing Limitations

The following are frequently asked questions about what you can and can't do with an E-Filing Service Provider (EFSP). Click on the bar to view information on each topic.

What Courts You Can and Can't File In


EFSPs such as Judicialink are allowed to file in the following court locations:
  • (Choose Court)

    District Courts
  • 1st District Brigham City
  • 1st District Logan
  • 1st District Randolph
  • 2nd District Bountiful
  • 2nd District Farmington
  • 2nd District Layton
  • 2nd District Morgan
  • 2nd District Ogden
  • 3rd District Salt Lake City
  • 3rd District Silver Summit
  • 3rd District Tooele
  • 3rd District West Jordan
  • 4th District American Fork
  • 4th District Fillmore
  • 4th District Heber City
  • 4th District Nephi
  • 4th District Orem (no new filings)
  • 4th District Provo
  • 4th District Salem
  • 4th District Spanish Fork
  • 5th District Beaver
  • 5th District Cedar City
  • 5th District St George
  • 6th District Junction
  • 6th District Kanab
  • 6th District Loa
  • 6th District Manti
  • 6th District Panguitch
  • 6th District Richfield
  • 7th District Castle Dale
  • 7th District Moab
  • 7th District Monticello
  • 7th District Price
  • 8th District Duchesne
  • 8th District Manila
  • 8th District Roosevelt
  • 8th District Vernal
  • Test District Court

    Justice Courts
  • ALPINE CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • ALTA JUSTICE
  • AURORA CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • BEAVER COUNTY JC - MILFORD
  • BEAVER COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • BIG WATER JUSTICE COURT
  • BLANDING JUSTICE COURT
  • BLUFFDALE JUSTICE COURT
  • BOX ELDER COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • CARBON COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • CENTERVILLE JUSTICE COURT
  • CLEARFIELD JUSTICE COURT
  • CLINTON CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • DAGGETT CO. JUSTICE CT-MANILA
  • DAVIS COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • DELTA CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • DRAPER JUSTICE COURT
  • DUCHESNE COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • EAST CARBON JUSTICE COURT
  • EMERY CO. JUSTICE COURT
  • ENTERPRISE CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • EPHRAIM JUSTICE COURT
  • FAIRVIEW JUSTICE COURT
  • FARR WEST JUSTICE COURT
  • FILLMORE CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • FOUNTAIN GREEN JUSTICE COURT
  • GARFIELD COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • GARLAND CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • GENOLA CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • GOSHEN CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • GRAND COUNTY JC - MOAB
  • GRANTSVILLE JUSTICE COURT
  • GUNNISON JUSTICE COURT
  • HARRISVILLE JUSTICE COURT
  • HEBER CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • HELPER CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • HERRIMAN JUSTICE COURT
  • HIGHLAND CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • HILDALE CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • HOLLADAY JUSTICE COURT
  • HURRICANE CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • HYDE PARK JUSTICE COURT
  • HYRUM JUSTICE COURT
  • IRON COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • JUAB COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • KANE COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • LEHI CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • LEVAN TOWN JUSTICE COURT
  • LEWISTON JUSTICE COURT
  • LINDON CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • LOGAN CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • MANTI CITY JUSTICE
  • MANTUA JUSTICE COURT
  • MAPLETON CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • MIDVALE JUSTICE COURT
  • MILLARD COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • MINERSVILLE JUSTICE COURT
  • MONTICELLO JUSTICE COURT
  • MORGAN COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • MORONI CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • MT.PLEASANT CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • MURRAY JUSTICE COURT
  • NAPLES CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • NEPHI CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • NEWTON - AMALGA JUSTICE COURT
  • NIBLEY JUSTICE COURT
  • NORTH LOGAN JUSTICE COURT
  • NORTH OGDEN JUSTICE COURT
  • NORTH SALT LAKE JUSTICE COURT
  • OGDEN CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • ORDERVILLE JUSTICE COURT
  • OREM CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • PANGUITCH CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • PAROWAN JUSTICE COURT
  • PAYSON CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • PIUTE COUNTY JUSTICE COURTS
  • PLAIN CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • PLEASANT GROVE JUSTICE COURT
  • PLEASANT VIEW JUSTICE COURT
  • PROVIDENCE CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • PROVO CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • RICH COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • RICHMOND CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • RIVERDALE JUSTICE
  • RIVERTON JUSTICE COURT
  • ROY/WEBER CO JUSTICE COURT
  • SALINA CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • SALT LAKE CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • SALT LAKE COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • SAN JUAN COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • SANDY JUSTICE COURT
  • SANPETE COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • SANTA CLARA JUSTICE COURT
  • SANTAQUIN CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • SARATOGA SPRINGS JUSTICE COURT
  • SEVIER COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • SMITHFIELD JUSTICE COURT
  • SOUTH JORDAN JUSTICE
  • SOUTH OGDEN JUSTICE COURT
  • SOUTH SALT LAKE JUSTICE COURT
  • SOUTH WEBER JUSTICE COURT
  • SPRING CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • SPRINGVILLE JUSTICE COURT
  • STOCKTON JUSTICE COURT
  • SUMMIT COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • SUNSET CITY
  • SYRACUSE CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • TAYLORSVILLE JUSTICE COURT
  • TOOELE COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • TREMONTON CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • UINTAH COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • UINTAH-HUNTSVILLE COURT
  • UTAH COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • VERNAL CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • WASATCH COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • WASHINGTON CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • WASHINGTON CO JUSTICE COURT
  • WASHINGTON TERRACE JUSTICE
  • WAYNE COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
  • WELLINGTON JUSTICE COURT
  • WELLSVILLE JUSTICE COURT
  • WEST JORDAN CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • WEST VALLEY CITY JUSTICE COURT
  • WILLARD JUSTICE COURT
  • WOODS CROSS JUSTICE COURT
The Administrative Office of the Courts presently has goals to allow access to additional courts. This list will automatically update each time the Administrative Office of the Courts gives Judicialink is a code to access a new court. In any event, the court plans to have all district courts available for e-filing by the time e-filing becomes mandatory. Goal dates are occasionally set by the Administrative Office for when these courts will be available, but they change frequently enough that Judicialink recommends calling the local e-filing specialist in the court of interest to obtain the latest goal dates.

What Case Types You Can and Can't File In


EFSPs such as Judicialink are allowed to file documents in the following types of cases:
  • General Civil Cases: Yes
  • Domestic Cases: Yes, as of 1/12/2013 at 7:14pm
  • Probate Cases: Yes, as of 2/18/2013 at 4:02pm
    (except in West Jordan, Bountiful, Layton, Spanish Fork, Salem; no case initiations in American Fork)
  • Criminal Cases: Yes
  • Juvenile Court Cases: No, but state agencies have e-filing privileges using their own proprietary systems
  • Justice Court Cases: No
The Administrative Office of the Courts presently has goals to allow access to the remaining case types in the future. In any event, the court plans to have probate for e-filing by the time e-filing becomes mandatory for probate. Goal dates are occasionally set by the Administrative Office for when these case types will be available, but they change frequently enough that Judicialink recommends calling the e-filing specialist of a local court or the Administrative Office itself to obtain the latest goal dates.

What You Can and Can't do with an EFSP


EFSPs such as Judicialink are allowed to make the following types of filings / requests:
  • File New Cases:Yes (except in contract courts that have not fully implemented the payment system)
  • File New Documents in Existing Cases:Yes
  • Download Case History Reports:Yes, with a court, case number, and party name
  • Download Documents:Yes, but only if you are an attorney of record
  • Make Payments by Visa and Mastercard:Yes when connected with a specific document being filed
  • Make Payments by American Express:No
  • Make Payments by ACH:No
  • Make Payments by Modern Payments PIN:No
  • Specify the amount of payments:No, the clerk determines the amount
  • Update Attorney Profile Information:Yes
  • Search for Case Numbers by Party Name:No. EFSPs are not allowed to do this, but the Utah Courts' xChange program is allowed.
  • Look up party details:No. EFSPs are not allowed to do this, but the Utah Courts' xChange program is allowed.
  • Set Hearings:No
  • Request Audio Tape of Hearings:No
The reason EFSPs cannot make the types of requests shown above as "No" varies. For example, as to the ability to search for case numbers by party name as can be done on the xChange system, or to download case documents without being an attorney of record, or to look up a case without knowing at least one party's name, the Utah Courts have made a conscious decision not to allow EFSPs to make those types of searches. For the majority of the other issues, Judicialink's understanding is that the Administrative Office of the Courts intends to work on making some or all available. Any type of service that is not available through the e-filing system or the xChange program must be sought in the traditional way by contacting the courts.


Weird Things that Should Not Be Happening But Are


  • You do not always get notifications of filings that the court creates (as opposed to another attorney)

    When opposing counsel files a document, you get notice immediately. When the court files something (a notice of hearing, a Rule 26 discovery deadlines notice, a ruling on an issue taken under advisemnt, a minute entry decision, etc.) you do not always get notice. According to the Administrative Office of the Courts, there are two major ways the court creates notices, rulings, orders, and similar documents: (1) through CORIS (the court's back end computer system), and (2) through the efiling system. The clerks apparently have very limited means of creating orders through the efiling system -- they can only do it when a proposed order has been submitted by counsel. Other things are generated through CORIS, and they do not get sent to the efiling system. So the bottom line is, until the court changes this system, attorneys are advised to check dockets frequently if they are expecting an order.

  • You may have trouble finding the right document type

    For every document you file, you must choose the document type. The document type list is created by the Administrative Office of the Courts and is controlled by the court's e-Filing Consistency Committee, and is published to the e-filing service providers whenever there is a change. The document types do not always make sense. To complicate matters further, in the majority of cases, it does not matter if you get the document type wrong. The primary situations in which it is crucially important for you to get the right document type are:
    (1) When the document type affects the filing fee. Writs of garnishment or attachment, Motions to renew judgment, Counterclaims, Petitions to modify divorce proceedings, are examples.
    (2) When the document type triggers the court's signing queue. If you file an order as a document type that is not an order, your order will fail to get into the court's signing queue.
    (3) When you need to become an attorney of record. Only appearances, motions, and answers make you an attorney of record. (4) When you need information on the docket. Certain document types allow additional details that will show up on the docket, such as returns of service, garnishments, and judgments.


  • Third party practice does not work well right now

    Currently, every Notice of Appearance, Answer, and Motion require you to choose an existing party in the case to file on behalf of. There is no good mechanism for filing one of these on behalf of a non-party. I have no good answer to give you as to how to go about it, because the Administrative Office of the Courts does not have a good answer. This affects you if you are:
    (1) a guardian ad litem
    (2) filing in an interpleader action
    (3) moving to intervene
    (4) objecting to a subpoena or garnishment
    and several other situations.

  • Only certain documents make you an attorney of record

    At the present time, filing a Appearance of Counsel, Answer, or Motion will make you an attorney of record, because your e-filing service provider sends information with those types indicating who you are filing on behalf of. For most other document types, Judicialink is neither required nor allowed to send such information. As a result, the other document types do not tie you to a party as an attorney of record in the docket. For that reason, unless your first filing is an Appearance of Counsel, Answer, or Motion, you may find that you cannot see the documents upon download because you have not become an attorney of record.

  • You will get multiple notices

    When you file a document, the court sends four different responses to Judicialink:
    (1) an "acknowledged and received" response,
    (2) an "acceptance" confirmation,
    (3) a "receipt" (confirms docketing and contains filing fee information if applicable), and
    (4) a "notice of electronic filing" (NEF) (includes the actual document and service information)
    Judicialink forwards on the Receipt and NEF because the information in each of these is separate and important. Importantly, Judicialink forwards these emails to whatever staff members you have set it up to forward them to, attaches the documents filed to the NEF, and attaches a PDF version of the receipt to the receipt filing as well. However, the court also sends a duplicate "courtesy NEF" which bypasses Judicialink. This courtesy NEF does not get sent to the staff members or attach the document.


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